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It was a cold, clear mid-November day. It was time to get outdoors and enjoy a wonderful autumn hike. The thought of waterfalls, autumn leaves and one of the prettiest lakes in the Mt. Hood Wilderness was in my mind as I drove to the 2,700-foot Burnt Lake Trailhead.
After walking through a stile I followed the well-maintained trail along Burnt Creek for several miles before crossing the Creek. Huge burnt-out cedars left as reminders of a severe forest fire in the 1800s were scattered along the Trail.
In the next one-half mile I came to Lost Creek Falls, a series of four waterfalls in a small canyon. The Trail then gained 700 feet in the next mile as it ascended the steep headwall. Soon I reached Burnt Lake.
There wasn’t a cloud in the sky and not a hint of a breeze. I found a nice spot near the lakeshore, took off the pack and enjoyed the beautiful setting.
The reflection of Mt. Hood in the Lake was as sharp as I have ever seen. I took many photos before reluctantly taking the four-mile hike back to the trailhead.
Finally, a little breeze is causing a ripple on Burnt Lake